Pilgrims on the Button with the new Shay Given

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Many Argyle fans would have been surprised to see the news that the club had signed a young goalkeeper from Tottenham Hotspur called David Button.

A few days earlier it would have seemed that it would be Birmingham City’s Colin Doyle set to sign for the club, having been on trial and featuring in the friendlies against Queens Park Rangers and Saltash United.

But financial complications meant that the Republic of Ireland international was unable to come to Home Park, so new manager Peter Reid brought in the 22-year-old on a season long loan to provide competition for number one goalkeeper Romain Larrieu on the recommendations of Button’s manager.

Sure enough, Button got the nod against Southampton at the weekend and instantly proved his worth. His clean sheet helped preserve a 1-0 lead, with a second half save from Adam Lallana the main point of note in his performance.

“Button comes highly recommended," Reid said. "I've spoken to Harry Redknapp about him, and to Tony Parks, their goalkeeping coach. I'm delighted to have him here.”

But for those of the Green Army who doesn’t know who David Button is, here’s a profile of the player who made a great start to his Pilgrim career:

The Hertfordshire- born keeper joined the Spurs' Academy five years ago but has only ever made one brief competitive first-team appearance for the London side which was a substitute in against Doncaster Rovers last season in the second round of the Carling Cup.

But Button, who is also an England youth international, has spent most of his time at Tottenham on loan making 36 League Two games last season in spells with Crewe Alexandra and Shrewsbury Town but has also spent time with Dagenham and Redbridge, Bournemouth and Rochdale.

So the stopper has had plenty of time out in the leagues, but if fans are worried about his lack of experience, Reid isn’t.

“I remember in 1996 when I was at Sunderland I brought in a young Shay Given (on loan) and he got me promotion with 12 clean sheets, so I'm not scared to stick young ones in.

"And I didn't see Shay Given before I brought him in. I had only seen him on tape. I value people's opinion."

Reid was saddened not to have got Doyle as well, as he wanted three goalkeepers on hand to improve the competition in that area. "I would have liked to have brought Doyle in as well, but I couldn't due to certain circumstances. In the end, I think it boiled down to finance.

“I'm a little bit disappointed, because I think he'll be a really good goalkeeper for someone. He did terrifically well for us."

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